Hunt continues for 2 missing after Rotterdam plane crash

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Emergency services on Tuesday used a sonar-equipped boat to search for the wreckage of a small plane that crashed over the weekend in a waterway part of from the busy port of Rotterdam and two people on board, while Norwegian police said the two missing people were Norwegians.

The identities of those on board the plane have not been released. Norwegian police told TV station NRK in Norway that two Norwegian citizens were missing after the accident. Another broadcaster, TV2, said a school had confirmed one of the missing people was a student living in the Norwegian city of Bergen.

The type of plane that went missing after crashing Sunday night over a channel between the harbor and a North Sea beach was not known. Pieces of wreckage and traces of oil were found on Sunday, but the remains of the plane and the two people on board were not found despite an intensive search operation.

Broadcaster NRK said the plane took off on Sunday morning from Bergen, is registered in Spain but has Norwegian owners. Dutch authorities said he last took off from eastern Germany and was heading for France.

There has been no word on the cause of the crash. Local security authorities said on Sunday they believe it was an accident and police are investigating.

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Jan M. Olsen contributed to this report from Copenhagen, Denmark.

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